The holidays are over now, the holiday trimmings are stored away, and the rush of attending holiday parties and events has subsided. We decided to destress from our holiday happenings with a visit to Delaplane Cellars. We counted on the spectacular views from the tasting room and the excellent wines there to give us that zen-like experience that we needed.
The frigid temperatures did not deter us from venturing out to the winery, but other wine tasters decided to stay cozy at home. We and few other bundled-up sippers were at the tasting bar; we knew we were going to be rewarded with the peace and quiet that we sought. Our tasting began with the Rose, one that is produced from the saignee method and a blend of Merlot Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Its salmon pink hue and strawberry notes suggested a classic rose, and indeed it was. Rose is a good pour anytime of the year, and we enjoyed this 2016 offering from Delaplane Cellars. White wines followed, and I enjoyed the 2016 Vidal Blanc with its aromas of tropical fruit and flavors of juicy apple. Serve as an aperitif or with a spicy dish. In fact, if spicy food is on the menu then try the 2016 Petit Manseng; tropical fruit characteristics and sweeter palate should be enough to cool down spicy Thai or Cajun dishes.
Of the red wines, Paul enjoyed the light-bodied 2014 Cinq, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah. A nose of smoke, jam, and tobacco led to flavors of brambleberries, licorice and spice. Perfect with lighter fare, pizza, or a plate of deli meats and cheeses. For heavier dishes that might grace the table this time of year, the 2014 Left Bank Estate is the wine to pour. It’s a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Blackberry notes and aromas of forest floor were followed by cherry and blackberry flavors. Nice tannins should play well with braised fare or heartier meats.
We continued our experience at Delaplane by enjoying a glass each of our favorite red wines along with a cheese plate and bread. We made certain to enjoy the beauty of the stark winter landscape and mountain peaks as they lay against a sharp cerulean sky.
Begin your New Year with a visit to Delaplane Cellars. Be sure to mention that Virginia Wine Time sent you!
On Sunday we went to pick up club wines and do a tasting at Breaux Vineyards. We went straight to the club room and Bruce was there just waiting to conduct out tasting. It’s always nice to see a familiar face at Breaux.
We started with the club wines. We tasted 2016 Vidal Barrique, the 2015 Cellar Club Chardonnay, the 2016 Six Degrees and a new, sweeter white called 2016 Orleans. Of these I really enjoyed the 2015 Cellar Club Chardonnay. We noted apple and pear on the nose and on the palate. We also enjoyed the 2016 Six Degrees. Here is another one that tastes like it smells. We noted strawberry and cherry on the nose and on the palate.
After our tasting with Bruce we moved back upstairs for a regular tasting. And who was at the bar? Bruce’s wife, Sylvia! We always enjoy talking wine with Sylvia. We tasted through the wines on the regular tasting menu. From the whites on the list I really enjoyed the 2016 Madeleine’s Chardonnay and Warren enjoyed the 2016 Viognier. I noted tropical fruit and some citrus notes on the Chardonnay. Warren noted melon, floral notes and a full mouth feel.
We then moved onto the reds. Sylvia was able to do a mini-vertical tasting of two vintages of the Meritage. We tasted the 2013 and the 2014. I preferred the 2013 and Warren put a star next to the 2014. I underlined black cherry, plum, and candied fruit on the 2013. Warren jotted down raspberry, blackberry and pepper on the tasting sheet for the 2014. Both can be enjoyed for years to come.
After our tasting with Sylvia we grabbed some bread and cheese and sat out on the patio while enjoying a glass of the 2016 Madeleine’s Chardonnay and the 2016 Viognier. It was a great way to enjoy our Sunday afternoon.
Before leaving we purchased a half a case and said our goodbyes. We always enjoy our time at Breaux Vineyards! A big Thank You to Jen Breaux for letting us purchase two bottles of the 2015 Jennifer’s Jambalaya! If you haven’t been to Breaux Vineyards lately, stop by and check out the latest releases and tell them Virginia Wine Time sent you!
Saturday evening we had some friends over for dinner. Because October is Virginia Wine Month we decided to serve Virginia wines. Warren, of course, was the chef and also selected the wines for the meal.
We started with a salad course. It was a tossed green salad with a Dijon vinaigrette dressing. Warren selected the 2016 Rose from 50 West Vineyards as the wine to pair with the salad. Everyone thought it was the perfect pairing for the salad. The rose was was made with Sangiovese. It was crisp and refreshing.
The main course consisted of a healthy portion of filet mignon, parmesan oven roasted potatoes, and grilled squash. Warren selected the 2010 Meritage from Pollak Vineyards. Warren decided it needed to be decanted. 2010 was a big year for reds and while it’s been many years since it’s release, the Meritage was still pretty big and needed some air. We decanted it for more than an hour before serving. It ended up being a perfect pairing. It’s a blend of 41% Cabernet Franc, 41% Merlot, 18% Petit Verdot. This estate grown Bordeaux blend won the 2013 Monticello Cup. Warren noted concentrated fruit aromas with hints of anise and tobacco that led to flavors of black cherry, blackberry, and spice. Nice tannins too. He noted a subtle vanilla note at the end to boot. It was delicious!
So what have you been enjoying for Virginia Wine Month? Let us know! If you happen to visit either 50 West Vineyards or Pollak Vineyards please tell them Virginia Wine Time sent you!